Zen Buddhists refer to the constant chatter of the mind as monkey mind.
The Buddha held that the human mind is filled with drunken monkeys flinging themselves from tree branches, jumping around, and chattering nonstop. He meant that our minds are in constant motion. Typical mind chatter sounds like the following:
- Your mind reading off a laundry list of to-do items
- Your mind listing its fears, both real and imaginary: UPSC lowered the seat quota by 200. That means ~8,000 guys will clear the prelims. I am already 2 attempts down and many of the incumbent service guys re-take the exam. What are the odds!
- Your mind recalling hurtful things that have happened in the past
- Your mind judging the present
- Your mind creating catastrophic “what-if” scenarios of the future: Mis firings in mocks, excessive guesswork without enough practice of tikdams, what if paper 2 comes out to be even more difficult than last year’s
Buddha showed his students how to meditate in order to tame the drunken monkeys in their minds. It’s useless to fight with the monkeys or to try to banish them from your mind because, as we all know, that which you resist persists.
Instead, Buddha said, if you will spend some time each day in quiet meditation — simply calm your mind by focusing on your breathing or a simple mantra — you can, over time, tame the monkeys. They will grow more peaceful if you lovingly bring them into submission with a consistent practice of meditation.
One of the most effective practices to taming the monkey mind is:
Establish a Journaling Practice:
By establishing a regular journaling practice, you’ll be setting aside a window of time each day specifically to address your monkey mind’s concerns. Do the following:
- Let your monkey mind know that every morning you’re going to give it 15 to 20 minutes to run amok.
- During this time, write down what you’re thinking, what you’re feeling, and anything that you’re worried about.
- Do this for the amount of time that you’ve allotted to journaling, and then stop.
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Once the time is up, let your monkey know that it’s had it’s say for the day, and that you will not pay attention to anything else it says until the next day’s journaling session. Then, keep your word. If your monkey mind starts screeching at any other time of the day, refuse to place your attention on whatever thoughts the monkey mind is generating.
Tell your monkey mind the following: “Your session for today is over. Wait until tomorrow’s session. I’ll listen to you then.” Soon, your monkey mind will realize that it’s completely futile to make a fuss at any time other than during your journaling sessions.
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1. Understand your why
“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” – Mark Twain
Understand your purpose and it will fuel your drive.
If I told you that it was your job was to read newscards everyday, make notes of changes in the polity and economical structure of the scheme of things and solve MCQs, would you feel a strong sense of purpose? Or would you feel like a self enforced drudgery? Now, what if I told you that going through this strenuous drill, you will prepare yourself for the upcoming, sometimes unpalatable stress which the IAS, IPS jobs behold. That your purpose is to go through large swathes of data and take a smart call when an unforeseen situation arrives. Would that change your perspective and your sense of purpose in the work?
Now that you understand the purpose of the work, does it potentially change your attitude?
2. Stay focused on the big picture
“Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life, because you become what you believe.” – Oprah Winfrey
Admit it. There will be days when staying put with revisions will feel boring. When MCQs feel repetitive. When you feel like you have a tonnes of things on the back burner and you don’t know how many op-eds, newscards, summaries are good enough to master that painful eco survey. Or when you’re just plain irritated. The easy thing to do is to feel frustrated and to give up. Or you could stay focused on the big picture.
Vipin Garg did not get to Rank 20 in his first attempt. Not even in his second. In fact, he did not get any rank in his first 2 attempts. But he stayed put and did not let his guards down for prelims, mains, optionals or interview. He did not take anything for granted.
If he would have caved and stopped taking the mocks, revisiting the newspaper’s basics, do you think AIR 20 would have happened?
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3. Get active
A lot of times it’s hard to get motivated if you’re not in a good mood. Research has shown that working out multiple times a week for a reasonable period of time can reduce the symptoms of depression. Exercising for thirty minutes can also increase levels of serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine, which can help to reduce stress.
- Serotonin: It is a neurotransmitter which is produced and spread by neurons in the brain. It is formed by the amino acid called tryptophan. This is a part of protein from our daily diet
- Dopamine: What do drug addiction and Parkinson’s disease have in common? Improper levels of dopamine (DOAP-uh-meen). This chemical acts as a messenger between brain cells. Dopamine also helps with reinforcement — motivating us to do something again and again.
Exercise for at least thirty minutes (especially in the morning), you will be a lot more relaxed throughout the day, less stressed out, and have an ability to think much more clearly. Also, if you’re pushing yourself in your workouts, you’re testing your boundaries, and this can be really healthy.
4. Have an accountability buddy
“Surround yourself with people who push you, who challenge you, who make you laugh, who make you better, who make you happy.” – Anonymous
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5. Brainstorm your daily plan and write them down
Not all of your ideas will be good. It doesn’t matter. Write them down anyway. We got this idea from Vipin Garg (Rank 20). One thing we can do is voicing your daily plan on the [open] community: Click2join the telegram group and let the group act as your conscience keeper.
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We have always believed that every cloud has a silver lining, and so is with the surprise of reduction in (-200) intake quota for UPSC 2018. To paraphrase Paul Romer, the noted Stanford economist: “A crisis is a terrible thing to waste”.
What does a reduction in intake quota mean for an IAS aspirant?
- This year, UPSC has the lowest recruitment in the whole decade (782 vacancies i.e. 198 less than last year and 511 jobs less than the best year-2014.)
- This means less number of candidates will get chance to write Mains or appear in Interview
- This means less number of candidates will qualify through the prelims. Expect the number to go down to ~9,000
Understandably, this may crush the morale of the freshers who are bound to compete with senior aspirants, in-service officers who wish to improve their ranks. But here lies the catch:
Most people react hysterically when an unforeseen announcement comes through. Same stuff happened with the introduction of ethics paper and reduction of one optional paper. Hold your ground right now and don’t give in to the peer induced anxiety:
- Don’t get lost in your historical attempts: A fresh mindset has the best chance to increase his/her efforts and focus just on cracking the prelims exam right now rather than getting lost in his/ her historical optional, mains attempt analysis
- Get good at guessing questions right: Low IAS intake = Increased competition = Spiraling cut-offs = More guesswork = Higher chances of errors = Lower chances of selection through prelims
- To ensure that you use point #2 induced frenzy to your advantage, solve a lot of papers starting today. Get great at calculated guessing or what Dr. Vipin Garg here at CD calls as “The Art of Tikdams”
- Revise, repeat the Current Affairs on a weekly basis and attempt monthly tests to ensure you leave nothing from past 1-2 year window
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This is a sample video from the Week 7 of Samachar Manthan (CD’s CA Weekly program) which started on 17th December. The Economic survey program will be based on same lines.
Core Faculty: Sajal Singh Target: IAS 2018 (Pre/ Mains) The program covers most important topics from Economic Survey/Budget and supplements the student with:
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List of topics covered in the PAID Program for Week 2 are:
- Issue 1: Section 497 of the IPC
- Issue 2: A massive Victory for left alliance in Nepal
- Issue 3: India Becomes the member of Wassenar arrangement
- Issue 4: US recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capitals
- Issue 5: Govt, ASEAN in talks to take IMT highway up to Vietnam
- Issue 6: No WTO deal without food security: India
- Issue 7: Centre examining health effects of e-cigarettes: Nadda
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The program covers most important CA Topics (News + Opeds) in the news from 1st December onwards and supplements the student with: 1. Detailed notes 2. 10 questions a week + answer checking + Model answers 3. Samanvaya calls after every month
Ever since GS IV ethics paper has been introduced in IAS, Mitra Sir has taken lead and mentored more than 10000 candidates all over India.
Consequently, we have have more than 100 results to our credit including all India rank 2, 11, 33, etc in previous years.
Now Mitra Sir has come out with book compiled in two volumes which is the closest to the specific demands of IAS examination. Apart from syllabus topics, books also covers peripheral topics so that students could get a comprehensive view. Introduction Ethics is all about choice. To make choice one need not to have any specialized training or degree.
All the time we all, irrespective of our educational background (with or without), make choices. But, yes, if we practice ethical reasoning or get acquainted with some moral theories, definitely we will be in better position to make sensible choices. Today global concern is not merely ethics. Rather it is the inculcation of values because just by knowing what is good or bad does not make us to do right things.
Ethics can ensure outer desired behaviour. It can impose certain rules, regulations, laws or code of conduct superficially only. All these would be followed under given compulsion. But they might be broken the moment these compulsions are no more. Real transformation in the system and society can come only if values are imbibed. That is, if sound values are inculcated within, the action becomes voluntary, spontaneous and self motivated.
Naturally, such actions will be effective, humane and wholesome in nature.
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This is free giveaway video from the W1 of Samachar Manthan (CD’s CA Weekly program) which started on 17th December.
List of topics covered in the PAID Program for Week 1 are:
Issue 1: FRDI bill
Issue 2: Rajasthan ordinance that sought to shield public servants from probe lapses
Issue 3: Committee formed to review the IT act of 1961
Issue 4: Maldives seal FTA with China
Issue 5: Boost for exports as Government announces more incentives
Issue 6: UAE and Saudi form new group separate from GCC
Issue 7: India is biggest importer of U.S. oil refinery by-product ‘petcoke’
Issue8 : Government to enable skilled persons bag jobs abroad
Issue 9: [pib] Star Rating Protocol for Garbage Free Cities Introduced
Issue 10: [pib] SAUBHAGYA Scheme launched in Manipur
Issue11: Instant triple talaq: Draft Law
Issue 12 : Way to remove poll commissioners vague
Issue 13: Cabinet nod to nutrition mission
Issue 14: All you need to know about the Transgender Persons Bill, 2016
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Dr. Vipin Garg (IAS) a.k.a Dr. V has been sweating out in between his busy schedule to pick up the most important news items from the week gone by for all CD community members.
You can benefit a lot from this blog as:
- It helps in quick review of all important news items from this week
- You will know the importance level of each news and also understand what to read on priority for Prelims/Mains
You can read the post here and ask your doubts also. Dr. V will try to answer most of them when he gets time from his election duty in Gujarat.
Read the Priority 1 news items from 1-7 Dec 2017 here
Read the Priority 1 news items from 23-30 Nov 2017 here
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Mains Paper 3: Science & Technology | Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, nano-technology, bio-technology
From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:
Prelims level: Excitonium, bosons
Mains level: Discovery and its details can be asked in Mains
Scientists prove the existence of new form of matter
- Existence of Excitonium – which was first theorized almost 50 years ago, has been proved by scientists
- This has been done by studying non-doped crystals of a transition metal— dichalcogenide titanium diselenide (1T-TiSe2)
- Excitonium exhibits macroscopic quantum phenomena, like a superconductor
- It is made up of excitons, particles that are formed in a very strange quantum mechanical pairing
How is exciton formed?
- When an electron, seated at the edge of the crowded-with-electrons valence band in a semiconductor, gets excited and jumps over the energy gap to the otherwise empty conduction band, it leaves behind a “hole” in the valence band
- That hole behaves as though it were a particle with positive charge, and it attracts the escaped electron
- When the escaped electron with its negative charge, pairs up with the hole, the two remarkably form a composite particle, a boson – an exciton
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Last night (around 12 to 1), our website underwent a major database crash.
The reasons are still under investigation but most probable causes are server side mishap, hack attempt or features like bookmarks which everyone loved but were expensive operations on the server.
It resulted in us loosing our content from January 2017 till date. Fortunately, we are in the process of restoring all the Newscards which will be followed by Prelims daily and Art & Culture, Indian Geography modules. Unfortunately we wont be able to restore forum posts and some blogs which helped many students. We know it sucks!
At this our of need, we will be counting on everyone’s support. Just to let you know – Nothing makes us more happier than our students benefitting from our hard work.
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Lack of support by our student community.
We woke up to this news of server crash and loss of data. We are not going to overburden you with the cost involved in getting the system up and running and subsequent maintenance cost required to see that it does not happen again but suffice to say that it will be the upwards of 20 lakhs.
That’s not it, since morning our content team has been busy restoring the old data so students get to have the current affairs in a few days time. That is a lot of hard work and commitment on our part. However when we see our students rating the app 1 or 2 stars because news is late or some filters are not working, we really wonder if THIS IS ALL WORTH THE TROUBLE OR NOT.
Civilsdaily is the ONLY platform which does not lord over its users by telling them how humble their content team is, how much qualified the content writers are, whether they have left the services or not, whether they sacrificed an IAS rank or are still preaching despite that.
We do not believe in blowing our own trumpet. We do not like creating an army of bhakts or anonymous users hence we coded all the forum and ensured that profiles come with authentic names.
We do not believe in duping you into believing that we actually predict UPSC prelims, hence when we devised the Art of Tikdams with Dr. Vipin Garg who is now an IAS with the state of Gujarat, we clearly called out that unless you practice early on and strengthen your basics, they will not at all help you. We even released the whole compilation for FREE over here but this is the height of ungratefulness of some the students (including some rankers) that one of the Top 10 rankers of UPSC this year asked us to return/ refund the FLAGSHIP Course fees because that person could get a single digit rank!
Offline shops masquerading as coaching classes can afford to do so and probably we could also have parted with 100% of the course fees but what does it tell about that IAS officer, student or us.
We did not do that and we dropped our idea of asking the ranker to write a glowing review about us OR make a video OR do any such thing which will get the next 50 clueless aspirant be a part of CD just because a single digit ranker says so.
We cannot force you buy our magazines or support us via your voluntary contribution since this is the era of robinhoods like Raz Kr. and others but we fail to understand why despite our earnest efforts on current affairs curation, target mains mentoring and prelims daily tikdams… we get to face ungrateful students who look for free lunches and are miffed otherwise.
We only hope that some of them were first timers on the CD ecosystem and request that they change their ratings soon.
We are working hard to get the website up and restore the lost data and will write a full blown summary on what happened and what next.
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